Leslie Byrne is a name that should be more well-known in permaculture circles. Through her organization, Kids are Sweet, she's impacted the lives of thousands of families in impoverished communities around the globe through permaculture gardens and sanitation programs.
Leslie is a student of Geoff Lawton's and is only one of two female PRI-certified* PDC teachers in the world. The other female PRI-certified PDC teacher is Nadia Lawton herself. In 2009, Kids are Sweet, PRI Australia and PRI Jordan started a school garden at an all girl school in Al Jawasra, Jordan. In 2010, that same garden won the Humanitarian Food and Water Award. Here's a short video on this project.
*PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach a full 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course that is based on, but not necessarily only constrained to, all the topics of Bill Mollison’s Designers’ Manual. Through sharing foundational permaculture principles and describing (and/or presenting) practical examples of these principles in action, the teacher will give students a healthy understanding of the interconnectedness of all elements in natural systems, and will give them the design tools to enable them to begin to work productively and sustainably with these systems in many climate zones and circumstances. The course will inspire and assist students to embark on their own life as permaculture system designers.
PRI PDC Teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical/religious elements as topics. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable. A PRI PDC teacher avoids creating barriers to permaculture uptake by directly associating permaculture with a particular set of beliefs and instead promotes an inclusive, simple, universal life ethic of returning surplus into nature’s systems to promote the care of our earth and its inhabitants, with the goal of creating a new world that lives in harmony with all of nature.
Subtropical desert (Köppen: BWh)
Elevation: 1090 ft Annual rainfall: 7"